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Hollywood is the place for film and TV series tourism. If you're lucky, you can see a taping of a TV show; most of America's sitcoms, game shows, and quite a few of its talk shows are taped at any one of the major studios in the Hollywood area (quite a few dramas are filmed in these studios as well, but since they tend not to be filmed before a live studio audience, your chances of getting to see one of those live are virtually nil). Nearby Studio City, Burbank, Century City, Fairfax, and Culver City hold the most prominent studios, but in Hollywood proper, Paramount Studios is the filming location of many sitcoms and Dr. Phil, Hollywood Center Studios provides production facilities for Disney and Comedy Central, among others (@Midnight is a big draw these days), and Jimmy Kimmel Live! broadcasts from a complex adjacent to the El Capitan Theatre. In general, you'll have to call or go to the website of the show itself to get tickets. 1 Hollywood Sign. Hollywood's most recognizable landmark is easy to spot high up on Mount Lee in nearby Griffith Park. You can drive part way up for a closer look, but you can't hike all the way to the sign. The best viewpoints of the sign are from the Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park, on Mulholland Drive above the Hollywood Bowl, and from the Hollywood and Highland Center. For a rare view of the Hollywood sign with lines of palms trees on the side, go to 650 S Windsor Blvd, or further north. Hollywood Sign on Wikipedia Hollywood Sign (Q180376) on Wikidata edit Rare view of the Hollywood sign with palm trees, taken from 650 S Windsor Blvd 2 Hollywood Walk of Fame, along Hollywood Blvd btwn La Brea Ave and Gower St, and along Vine St btwn Sunset Blvd and Yucca St. The Hollywood Walk of Fame consists of a series of stars embedded in the sidewalk to commemorate famous movie, radio, theatre, and TV personalities. Since 1960, over two thousand stars have been immortalized; the schedule for upcoming star ceremonies is listed on the Walk of Fame's website. Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wikipedia Hollywood Walk of Fame (Q71719) on Wikidata edit 3 Capitol Records Building (Capitol Studios), 1750 Vine St (between Hollywood Blvd and Yucca St). One of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles. The circular tower—which contrary to popular belief was not intentionally designed to resemble a stack of records—is home to Capitol Records' west coast operations. Contained inside the building are the renowned Capitol Studios. Unfortunately, tours of the inside are no longer offered to the general public. Capitol Records Building on Wikipedia Capitol Records Building (Q2937482) on Wikidata edit 4 Charlie Chaplin Studios, 1416 N La Brea Ave (just south of Sunset Boulevard). An interesting historical landmark, this complex was built in 1917 as the studios for Charlie Chaplin's film company. Constructed in Tudor-style architecture, it has the appearance of a small English village from the outside and was where many of Chaplin's most iconic films were shot, including The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, and The Great Dictator. In 2000, the studio was bought by the Jim Henson Company, which marked their presence with a statue of Kermit the Frog above the main gate. The studio is not open for tours, but you can admire the architecture from the outside. Jim Henson Company Lot on Wikipedia Jim Henson Company Lot (Q24904690) on Wikidata (updated Oct 2015 | edit) Paramount Pictures Studios 5 Paramount Pictures Studio Tour, 5555 Melrose Ave (entrance at Windsor Blvd), ☎ +1-323-956-1777. Tours held daily every half hour 9:30AM-2PM; advance reservations required. The only major film studio still located in Hollywood, Paramount has been using this as a production facility since 1926 and has filmed many notable pictures here, including Sunset Boulevard, Rear Window, Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments, and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Today you can take a 2 hour guided tour of the backlot, which is still used for film and television production today. $53. (updated Apr 2015 | edit) 6 Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, ☎ +1-323-469-1181. Grounds open daily 8AM-5PM. Dating back to 1899, this beautiful cemetery is one of Los Angeles' oldest and is the final resting place for hundreds of film stars, directors, writers, and other influential figures from the entertainment industry. Johnny Ramone, Cecil B. DeMille, Mel Blanc, Peter Lorre, Mickey Rooney, and Bugsy Siegel are but a few of the famous names you'll see here. Interactive kiosks located throughout the cemetery play short documentaries about those interned here, making it a great place to learn about Hollywood's early history. The cemetery also often holds events, including regular movie screenings (see below under Do) in the summer. Free. Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Wikipedia Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Q1624932) on Wikidata (updated Oct 2015 | edit) Theaters 7 ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 W Sunset Blvd (west of Vine Street), ☎ +1-323-464-1478. An upscale multiplex which offers various amenities, such as assigned seating, an on-site cafe, alcoholic beverages available for purchase, and occasional special event screenings with Q&As with noted filmmakers. Within the complex and very visible from the street is the Cinerama Dome, an eye-catching geodesic dome with a movie theater inside that is a noted example of Space Age architecture, with a 1960s-era marquee facing Sunset Boulevard. ArcLight Hollywood on Wikipedia ArcLight Hollywood (Q4784991) on Wikidata (updated Jul 2016 | edit) 8 Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak Theatre), 6801 Hollywood Blvd, ☎ +1-323-308-6300. Check schedule for events; tours daily every half hour 10:30AM-4PM. Located at the Hollywood & Highland Center (see "Buy" below). Hosts a wide range of live performances, including the annual Academy Awards. Half hour guided tours of the theater are available. Tours $19 adults, $15 seniors/youth 17 and under. Dolby Theatre on Wikipedia Dolby Theatre (Q180615) on Wikidata (updated Apr 2015 | edit) 9 Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd, ☎ +1-323-466-3456. Check schedule for tours and film screenings. An ancient Egyptian-themed theater that was built in 1922 and operated by Sid Grauman, of Grauman's Chinese Theatre fame, this was one of the first lavish movie palaces and was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere. Today it screens many classic films and documentaries. Screenings $11; tours $9. Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on Wikipedia Grauman's Egyptian Theatre (Q750733) on Wikidata (updated Apr 2015 | edit) 10 El Capitan Theatre, ☎ +1-800-347-6396. Check website for screening times. A lavish movie palace dating from 1926, which hosted the Hollywood premieres of many films, most notably Citizen Kane. These days it's owned by Disney, and hosts the premieres of many Disney feature films. El Capitan Theatre on Wikipedia El Capitan Theatre (Q849284) on Wikidata (updated Apr 2015 | edit) Grauman's Chinese Theatre 11 Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd, ☎ +1-323-464-8111. The most famous movie theater in the world, Grauman's Chinese Theatre opened in 1927 and is home to the cement footprints, handprints, and (in some cases) otherprints of many of history's most famous movie stars. The theater is also a former home of the Oscars, and today hosts many movie premieres. The forecourt that showcases the star's prints is free to all visitors. Half-hour guided tours of the theater are available. Screenings $12-$16; tours $13.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $6.50 children. TCL Chinese Theatre on Wikipedia Grauman's Chinese Theatre (Q1122565) on Wikidata edit Museums 12 Guinness World Records Museum, 6764 Hollywood Blvd, ☎ +1-323-463-6433. Daily 10AM-midnight. Held in the historic Hollywood Theater building, this museum showcases various world records. $16.99 adults, $14.99 seniors ages 55+, $9.99 children ages 5-12. (updated Apr 2015 | edit) 13 Hollywood Heritage Museum, 2100 N Highland Ave (across from the Hollywood Bowl), ☎ +1-323-874-4005. Sa-Su noon-4PM. Housed in the Lasky-DeMille Barn, which was built in 1901 and served as one of Hollywood's first film studios (Cecil B. DeMille had an office in this building) before being moved to its current site, this museum has a collection of photographs and memorabilia from old Hollywood. $7 adults, free for children under 12. Hollywood Heritage Museum on Wikipedia Hollywood Heritage Museum (Q3911675) on Wikidata (updated Jul 2016 | edit) 14 Hollywood Museum, 1660 N Highland Ave (at Hollywood Blvd), ☎ +1-323-464-7776. W-Su 10AM-5PM. Countless pieces of memorabilia from films and Hollywood stars of old, housed in a beautiful Art Deco building that was the home of the business of Max Factor, "the Make-up King" of Hollywood. $15 adults, $12 seniors/students, $5 children ages 5 and under. Hollywood Museum on Wikipedia Hollywood Museum (Q20714427) on Wikidata (updated Apr 2015 | edit) 15 Hollywood Wax Museum, 6767 Hollywood Blvd, ☎ +1-323-462-5991. 10AM-midnight daily. The Hollywood Wax Museum is the longest running wax museum in the United States, with more than 45 years of continuous operation by the same owners since 1965 and featuring over 180 figures of celebrities. $16.99 adults, $14.99 seniors 55+, $9.99 children 5-12, children 5 and under free; discount if purchased online. Hollywood Wax Museum on Wikipedia Hollywood Wax Museum (Q5883025) on Wikidata (updated Apr 2015 | edit) 16 Los Angeles Fire Department Hollywood Museum, 1355 N Caheunga Blvd, ☎ +1-323-464-2727. Sa 10AM-4PM. This museum is in the old Los Angeles City Fire Station 27, opened in 1930. It is fully restored to how it appeared in 1930 and contains a historic fire apparatus. Free. Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial on Wikipedia Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial (Q11237612) on Wikidata (updated Apr 2015 | edit) 17 Madame Tussauds Hollywood, 6933 Hollywood Blvd (at Orange Drive), ☎ +1-866-841-3315. Opens daily at 10AM; closing times vary by season, check website. The Hollywood location of the popular chain of wax figure museums, with numerous wax replicas of Hollywood celebrities. $29.95 adults, $22.95 children (discount if purchased online). Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Wikipedia Madame Tussauds Hollywood (Q6726337) on Wikidata (updated Apr 2015 | edit) 18 Ripley's Believe it or Not, 6780 Hollywood Blvd, ☎ +1-323-466-6335. Daily 10AM-midnight. A museum that focuses on the odd, the unusual and the unbelievable. Features interactive illusions and a gallery. $17.99 adults, $11.99 children; discount if purchased online. (updated Apr 2015 | edit) 19 Museum of Death, 6031 Hollywood Blvd, ☎ +1-323-466-8011. Su-Th 11AM-8PM, F 11AM-9PM, Sa 11AM-10PM. A museum that was founded, according to its website, to "fill the void in death education in the USA." The collection includes such items as serial killer artwork, crime scene photos, replicas of execution devices, and a coffin collection. The self-guided tour lasts approximately an hour, "but those who can stomach it may stay as long as they'd like." There is no age limit but the museum is recommended for mature audiences. $15. Museum of Death on Wikipedia Museum of Death (Q15715949) on Wikidata (updated Jan 2016 | edit) Do Hollywood Tours Throughout the year, but particularly on summer weekends, those visiting the most popular tourist sites will inevitably be bombarded by people on the street offering tours to see Hollywood and the stars' homes. While most of these tours are offered by reputable businesses, news investigations have revealed many disreputable operators that lack licenses, permits, working seat belts, and sometimes even fabricate their information about Hollywood history and where movie stars live. If you choose to see Hollywood from a tour bus, be sure to do some research in advance to ensure you are traveling with a reputable operator. 1 Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave, ☎ +1-323-426-2829. America's most famous outdoor theatre hosts a summer concert series by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks show set to classical music, as well as numerous other concert events. Traffic and parking can be a nightmare, so the $5 round-trip public shuttles are highly recommended. Hollywood Bowl on Wikipedia Hollywood Bowl (Q976218) on Wikidata edit 2 Mulholland Drive, Mulholland Drive (from Hollywood, take Cahuenga Blvd or Laurel Canyon Blvd north to Mulholland Dr). If you have a car, it is worth driving up to Mulholland Drive. The main attraction is the incredible views from the Hollywood Hills across Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley, with plenty of overlooks available to stop and enjoy, but it's also worth visiting to ogle the impressive (and expensive) residences that line the route. Mulholland Drive on Wikipedia Mulholland Drive (Q962605) on Wikidata edit 3 Cemetery Movie Screenings, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, e-mail: info@cinespia.org. Saturdays at 7PM, May–September. The Cinespia film society screens creepy older movies every Saturday during the summer on the Fairbanks Lawn in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Crowds can be huge, so arrive prior to gates opening if you want a good vantage point. Most people bring a picnic dinner, a drink (wine or beer allowed, no spirits), blanket, pillow (or low chair) and jacket. A DJ plays music prior to the showing to create a fun outdoor atmosphere. Tickets (including parking) often sell out and should therefore be purchased in advance through the Cinespia web site. edit 4 Hollywood Palladium, 6215 W Sunset Blvd, ☎ +1-323-962-7600. A classic Art Deco and Streamline-style theater and dance hall that today serves as a major concert venue that plays host to some big-name acts. Hollywood Palladium on Wikipedia Hollywood Palladium (Q4244839) on Wikidata (updated Apr 2016 | edit) 5 Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd, ☎ +1-323-464-6269. A historic venue dating back to the 1920s that serves as another major concert venue and is reputed for its history of showcasing big-name musicians and indie bands. The Fonda Theatre on Wikipedia Fonda Theatre (Q6941453) on Wikidata (updated Apr 2016 | edit) 6 Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd E, ☎ +1-323-461-3673. An intimate outdoor amphitheater that dates back to the 1930s and recently underwent an extensive renovation. The theater is partnered with the county arts commission and regularly hosts community theater productions. (updated Jul 2016 | edit) Pantages Theatre 7 Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd (one block east of Vine St), ☎ +1-323-468-1770. A historic Art Deco theater dating back to 1930 which today serves as L.A.'s primary venue for Broadway musicals. Pantages Theatre (Hollywood) on Wikipedia Hollywood Pantages Theatre (Q1584748) on Wikidata (updated Jul 2016 | edit) 8 Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave, ☎ +1-323-908-8702. The L.A. branch of the popular improv and experimental comedy troupe that have cultivated some of the best comics in the industry today. Regularly shows some well-known acts as well as plenty of up-and-comers. (updated Jul 2016 | edit)

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